Lights! Planets! People! will enjoy a five-day run at VAULT Festival as part of its UK tour, which kicks off next week.
The tour will run from February until July 2019. Lights! Planets! People! is written by TV and radio scriptwriter Molly Naylor and performed by Karen Hill.
Six months ago renowned space scientist Maggie Hill launched a career-defining mission to find habitable planets beyond our solar system. It did not go well. Then her girlfriend stopped speaking to her. Maggie’s going to have to address both of these catastrophes.
Maggie has been trying, unsuccessfully, to contact her girlfriend and is attending her first ever therapy session, in which she is at pains to stress that her bipolar disorder is not relevant to the conversation. Now she is giving a lecture about her career to inspire young women to work in science. As the show shifts between the lecture, the therapy session and a series of botched attempts to connect with her ex, Maggie’s private and professional lives start to overlap and we begin to build a picture of her greatest achievements and biggest regrets.
Molly Naylor says, ‘I wanted to create a character and setting in which complex ideas could be shared and discussed through an accessible story. Space, mental health and relationships are topics that seem to fascinate us endlessly. Creating the character of Maggie has allowed me to explore them with new depth, insight and scope.’
You can see Lights! Planets! People! on tour at the following dates:
Wednesday 27 February 8pm
Colchester Arts Centre Church St Colchester CO1 1NF
£pay what you can afford 01206 500900 www.colchesterartscentre.com
13 – 17 March 6pm (3pm and 6pm 16 March)
London Vault Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street SE1 7NN Waterloo tube
£15 020 8050 9241 www.vaultfestival.com
20 March 7.30pm
Falmouth University AMATA Treliever Road, Cornwall TR10 9LX
£12, £10 01326 259349 www.amata.org.uk
21 March 7.30pm
Penzance Acorn Theatre Parade Street TR18 4BU
£11/£9 01726 879500 www.theacornpenzance.com
8 May 8pm
Norwich Arts Centre St Benedicts St NR2 4PG
Pay what you decide 01603 660352 www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
26 – 30 May 6.15pm
Brighton Fringe The Warren Victoria Gardens, Grand Parade BN1 1UB
£12 01273 917272 www.brightonfringe.org
Friday 31 May 7.30pm
Salisbury International Arts Festival, Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Ln, Salisbury SP2 7RA
£13.50 01722 320 333 www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
24 July 8pm
Holt Festival The Auden Theatre, Cromer Rd, Holt, NR25 6EA
01603 598699 www.holtfestival.org